Just finished restoring this tusk

Von Gruff

KNIFE MAKER
Would love to see an before shot to compare it to the beautiful restoration. With a curl like that I would hazard a guess that is a mammoth tusk
 

Mark Knapp

Dealer - Purveyor
Would love to see an before shot to compare it to the beautiful restoration. With a curl like that I would hazard a guess that is a mammoth tusk
If you look below and behind the finished tusk, you can see an unfinished one for comparison. I will post more when I get a chance.
 

springer82

Well-Known Member
Mark I have heard that there is a lot of money to be made in the tundra digging up ivory. Is that true. That is a fine piece. What would it cost to buy that and bring back into the states.
 

KenH

Well-Known Member
You can find those type of mammoth tusks for sale. One like that will run north of $20K to $30K and more. They are EXPENSIVE!!!

Mark, isn't there restrictions on who can harvest mammoth ivory? OR - is it open season for anybody who wishes to search?

LOTS of mammoth is from the Sibrian part of the world.
 

Mark Knapp

Dealer - Purveyor
You can find those type of mammoth tusks for sale. One like that will run north of $20K to $30K and more. They are EXPENSIVE!!!

Mark, isn't there restrictions on who can harvest mammoth ivory? OR - is it open season for anybody who wishes to search?

LOTS of mammoth is from the Sibrian part of the world.
I try not to do merchandising on chat forums. Many forums prohibit it.

This one, and other like it are found by native people in northern Alaska. It's not a matter of who can dig for mammoth tusks it's more a matter of where you look for them. It is not legal to get them from any public lands. I have never gone out and found a tusk for myself. I buy the ones I restore from Alaska Native people, miners on patented mining claims, people that own private gravel pits. Things like that.

As for cost, it depends on how much I have in it and how much time I spend restoring it. It's like knife making, there's not a huge amount of money to be had restoring tusks. You just have to like doing it.
 

C Craft

Well-Known Member
Mark, the work you do is amazing! I see something like that and my mind goes to...……………. would love to have seen the animal that was wearing that! :cool:
 
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